The enemy told God that if he could provoke Job to curse Him to His face?
Job 1:9-11 (NKJV)
9 So Satan answered the Lord and said, “Does Job fear God for nothing? 10 Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. 11 But now, stretch out Your hand and touch all that he has, and he will surely curse You to Your face!”
Can the enemy provoke you to curse God? Most of us will quickly say “No!” Most of us fear and reverence God too much to look up to heaven, shake our fist and curse Him…and the enemy knows that. But if you read your bible you know that the enemy is devious and clever.
This is a message of encouragement and accountability for my fellow disciples of Jesus Christ, I love referring to Him as Yeshua the Messiah.
He gave us an awesome Kingdom parable of “The Wheat and the Tares”, or in other words…WEEDS.
Matthew 13:24-26 (NKJV)
24 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; 25 but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. 26 But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared.
I stopped at verse 26 on purpose. We can learn a few powerful lesson from the WEEDS in this scripture. Lessons that help those in the Kingdom of God be more effective in Kingdom building and pleasing the God of our creation.
If we watch them, we can learn a lot from weeds…
WEEDS THRIVE WHEN PLANTED WHERE THEY AREN’T WANTED…
Whether it be a a garden, a yard or a field, few things are more frustrating that seeing WEEDS pop up. Nobody wants them there. That garden, yard or field has been set aside for chosen flowers, grass, crops…not the WEEDS. In the parable is says an enemy sowed the WEEDS there for a reason. If you notice the WEEDS sometimes thrive much better than the desired plants.
They grow faster, taller, can be more numerous and eventually try to choke the flowers, grass, or crops.
God plants us in the ‘gardens’, ‘yards’ and ‘fields’s of His choice. Many times we aren’t wanted there. And, unfortunately many times we don’t want to be there. Too many disciples want a ministry of convenience and comfort. God didn’t promise that. All you have to do is read either the Old or New Testament to confirm that. Many of those chosen by God didn’t choose their field or even ‘apply for the job’.
We in the Body of Christ need to learn to THRIVE where we are planted by God.
WEEDS ARE EXTREMELY RESILIENT
The interesting thing about WEEDS is that when you pull them up, they come back stronger. It doesn’t take much sometimes for those of us in the Body of Christ to just stop and give up when we find out we aren’t wanted, if we’re outnumbered, or if things become too difficult or challenging.
We need to be more like WEEDS. If we are’t wanted…SO WHAT! If they try and pull us up… WE COME BACK STRONGER!
‘WEED’ PROVOKES PASSION
Now I’m talking about the other kind of ‘WEED’. I’m talking about cannibus, pot, chronic, Mary Jane, dope, etc.,
Those who are proponents of WEED are very passionate about fighting for it. They’re passionate about letting the world know what they see as the benefits of it. They are passionate about getting it accepted, but if no one else accepts it, you won’t convince them to abandon it.
This is the passion that we in the Body of Christ need to have for God through our Lord and Savior Yeshua! To let the world know the benefits of a real relationship with Him. To get others to accept Him, and even if they don’t, nothing can turn us away.
God created everything for a reason. He created everything for His purpose. We can learn from those things that we consider to be ‘dishonorable’…even WEEDS…even WEED.
2 It is vain for you to rise up early,
To sit up late,
To eat the bread of sorrows; For so He gives His beloved sleep.
Are you tired? You went to bed. You had time away from work, but you’re still tired? Is your mind always racing? Are you either trying to get ahead? Stay ahead? Or, catch up? Maybe you’re just trying to hold it together.
So many of us our so busy. So many of us are either worried, stressed or obsessed.
Then what do we say when someone transitions from this life…”Rest in Peace!”
I want to encourage you today to learn to rest in peace BEFORE you die!
One of the enemy’s greatest manipulations is to keep us spiritually weak because we don’t rest. He wants us too tired to read and study God’s word. He wants us too tired to take…